Monday, May 7, 2018


THE HAWK FEEDER


Morning glides by
Sipping coffee
At the bay
Window
Looking through

To a nervous world

Of bird squalls           
Twitching  
Between bush and feeder
              
Squabble, jockey
Grab and go
Can’t chat

Eyes wide
elsewhere

Raptor shadow
Scatter
Huddled safety
Of a tangled vine

Inside, facing

This backyard pandemonium
I glance back at Goldie
Gliding, circling his aquarium
And wonder how my life seems to him


Dennis R. Keefe

May 14, 2018
 

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

SPRING

Into warmth
Let your senses run a little wild
Freed from winter's coop

There is a string attached
Though loosely tied
You must fuss and "Ooh"
O'er all the new  


See the lace?
Look through the buds, seeds 
And hints of leaves
Blooms in sequence
Splash the greening yards and trees 
While winter's shut-ins gather at the fence  

You do realize  
Intro's from this emcee
Bring summer's earnest greenery
The need to make hay
Photosynthesize while we may

The time will come 
Again next fall
To enjoy the view
For now, your thumb,
How green?
Summer has its eye on you



DRK

5/2/17
MOLLY IN THE GARDEN

'Tis spring
Molly is in Florida
Visiting mom and dad

And her flowers

The ones that wintered there
Did not like the cold
Had no time for dormancy

(Their snowbird trek last fall --
Still a mystery) 

In Orlando
Nana and Boppa kept them busy
Preened and green
Let them strut their stuff

Now spring's hints 
Of summer's southern heat
Have led them to consider 

A retreat 

Molly timed her visit 
To return them to their summer digs
Back home, on her knees
She will fluff their dirt
And address them in their flower-ese

In no time they'll respond
And, I predict, astound
Their Michigan fans

Should you be one
Be sure to take note of their Florida tans

DRK
4/11/08
4/24/17


        

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

THE WOODS


THE WOODS

Were there with trees

Paths, deer
Just there
Until a breeze
Took our hands
And led us away
From the noise

Sirens, bikes, buses, trains
Highway roar, trucks and cars
Took their leave

This, we realized
Is what the family came to vacation from
And what we all thanked Carole for

Here is more

Barothy’s manicured Michigan retreat
Lodges
Ponds, river
And islands
A favorite harbored geese
Peacocks, ducks and a swan
Waddling, hissing

Do not tread on
Our gaggle space


The woods were there
With opportunities

Kids commandeered the hot tub
And pools
One with water
The other, a table
With billiard balls and cues

In the evenings
A board game crowd
Loud

During the day
Ponds with fish
Nibblers, smallish
Caught our kids

Magnificent uncles
Eased nephews and nieces
Into the icky fishy tasks
Needed to catch and release

Tennis?  Basketball anyone?
Playing catch?
Coaches and players
All available
Watch Zander demonstrate
His behind-the-back dribble


The woods were there with the Pere
Marquette

A Keefe Kamp Kayak Crew
Took a river tour
Launching one at a time
Heading to the bank
Directly across to sort through
What paddles do
And how to head down stream

Meanwhile
Captain Aaron
Drifted Meme and Papa
Down the river to see
An eagle, its aerie
And an early salmon run

Frequent pauses 
A trout try or two
But mostly
Two with son

Were you an early riser?
Did you turn off the overhead fan?   
Or the fireplace on?
Help start the coffee?
Wait quietly
As the morning excitement wandered down
One by one?

A few slept in
(They know who they are)
Their rule:
What you do, or don’t do
On vacation
Need not be an issue before noon


The woods were there with bees

Blake, stung among the flowers
At the swimming pool
Tried his seven-year-old best
To keep his cool

Evening cocktail hours, for sure

On the back porch overlooking the river
Look down to see 
Who is fishing today

Or out front under a nest of mourning doves
Fledglings, perched
No hurry to move

Late week
An urban break

Lured by the attractions of Ludington
A huge beach, for the young  
While the adults took
A lighthouse breaker walk
A half-mile out
Keeping cameras dry
The same half-mile back


The woods were there to share
A last night birthday cake

The oldest member
Maintaining his pace
Banked another

Then we celebrated 
From the youngest on
We were made to stand up front, alone
And hear the noisy group decide
How well we played
With others
Then make a selection from
The pool table awards array

On check-out morning
We worked to untangle the clan
And get everyone into
Their proper vans
Cars or SUVs
With all their gear
As well as several bags of returnable cans
   
Last minute photo ops
Then
“Goodbye, woods”
Will you stay?
And be here to greet us again someday?

DRK
11/27/17
4/11/18

Saturday, March 24, 2018

PURE MICHI-WHAM

Road, traffic.  Watch which?
Traffic is . . . Wham!  Busted tire!
The road wins again

DRK
3/27/2016

PURE MICHIGAN MYOPIA

Michigan made cars
Foiled by Michigan made roads
Body shop or tax

DRK
7/1/14 

PURE MICHIGAN VILLAGE

It takes a village
To raise my car . . . from the depths
Michigan’s potholes


DRK
6/4/14